Palm Desert, CA
El Paseo Sculpture
3/8" Plate, Fabricated
96.5"h x 35"w x 44"d
Heart Connection No.2
Desert Art Collection
Palm Desert, CA
3/8" Plate Fabricated
72.5"h x 63"w x 21"d
(base 42" x 21")
Representation / Galleries
Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park, Camano Island, WA - www.matzkefineart.com/
Desert Art Collection, Palm Desert, CA - www.desertartcollection.com
Northwest By Northwest Gallery - Cannon Beach, OR - www.cbgallerygroup.com
Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR - www.guardinogallery.com
Love Art! Gallery, Portland, OR - www.loveartgallery.net
It is my highest goal to create sculpture that brings joy, empowerment and connection to communities in public and private environments.
I shape and fabricate metal into open, energetic human form, representing movement and the expression of life.
The flow of this life energy is depicted in my work using curving forms with spiraling cut-outs, creating a dynamic movement within the human body.
Carefully designed shapes of metal and the open spaces between them, play against each other to create the form, with stylized details of muscles,
ribs and pelvis. Pieces are cut and shaped from sheets of steel, bronze or stainless. Intersecting planes are welded and built from the center out.
The open shapes create a lightness in the metal, allowing the form to feel as if it is moving through space freely, unbounded.
I draw from years of experimental dance and movement, the place where I find my greatest moments of free expression. The spiraling motion reflects the
flow of water around rocks and along the banks of the Idaho river where I grew up. I see the river as metaphor for the energy I feel in my body, while
dancing, flowing from the center, out my limbs. Observing dance,
I capture moments, shapes between movements, spaces between bodies, in gesture drawings and paintings. I transform these images into 3 dimensional
designs, which are first made of sculpting paper, then transferred to metal in the fabrication process. I enjoy working with the pliability and
strength of metal, cutting and shaping it into permanent forms that will last through time. I work in many sizes, from table top pieces, to life size
and larger, creating public sculptures that can be viewed by people from all walks of life. It is my hope to inspire others to be fully self-expressed
in their lives.
Alisa Looney is a sculptor, dancer, painter and designer. Alisa received her BFA from Boise State University in 1983. She has been a
professional designer and fine artist since 1981 and presently owns Vision Design in Portland, OR. At the age of four, Alisa began drawing and
building with clay and sand on the banks of the Spokane River, in Northern Idaho. She fell in love with metal arts as a silver smith in her early
years and began welding in 1998. With her public sculptures, Alisa has won People's Choice Purchase Awards in Lake Oswego, OR - Gallery Without
Walls in 2006, Cannon Beach, OR - Sculpture Without Walls in 2009, and in Puyallup, WA - Arts Downtown in 2010. Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale,
WA, renowned for their extensive Rodin collection, acquired Roll & Play in 2008 and selected it as the feature sculpture on the Plaza of their
new Mary and Bruce Stevenson wing in 2012. Her proposal for Taking Flight was selected for the El Paseo Sculpture Invitational 2013/2014, in
Palm Desert, CA. She is a member of the Pacific NW Sculptors and is the Regional Coordinator of RADIX, Circle of Women in the Arts. Alisa resides
in Portland, OR, with her husband, artist Wade Womack and their son Finn.